BroadBand Light (BBL)

The next-gen skin treatment breaking boundaries

Achieve beautiful skin at the speed of light with BBL (BroadBand Light), an innovative non-laser technology setting new standards in the treatment of skin conditions associated with ageing, urban living and sun damage.

According to Dr Naomi McCullum, medical director of The Manse in Paddington, NSW: “BBL is great for pigmentation, sun damage, redness and skin texture. BBL is our most effective device for skin ageing prevention.”

Developed by Sciton, a world leader in high-quality light systems in the aesthetic medical market, BBL has been hailed as the world’s most powerful Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device on the market, setting a new standard for treating skin conditions. It’s well documented that IPL is effective in skin rejuvenation.
Spanning a wider visible spectrum than IPL, BBL is a type of pulsed light therapy that can penetrate to a variety of skin levels, offering the most complete and versatile light system in its class.

With easily adjustable wavelengths, pulse width and precision cooling, BBL allows the practitioner to adjust the strength of treatment according to each patient’s exact needs. With this freedom, multiple areas can be treated at once, on most skin types.

BBL’s broad range of wavelengths can target many skin conditions, including wrinkles, age spots and brown spots, vascular lesions, as well as overall photo rejuvenation for a smoother, clearer, more radiant complexion.

“For face, the satisfaction rate is very high. It is highest for those with higher contrast lesions, i.e. darker sun damage, pigmentation and freckles. For the body, the feedback is that it is life-changing.” says Dr McCullum.

After two BBL treatments
Photos courtesy of Philip Chang MD

Stanford University study finds Sciton BBL can reverse the ageing process

A clinical long-term study led by dermatologist Dr Anne Lynn S Chang of the Stanford University School of Medicine, CA, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology,* shows Sciton BroadBand Light (BBL) treatments induce molecular changes that can alter the expression of genes associated with the ageing process to more closely resemble young skin.

This supports the theory that BBL technology can provide a functional change, rather than just a cosmetic mimic of a youthful appearance.

In the study, patients received regular BBL treatments over 10 years. At the end of the study, before and after photos of the patients were rated by a panel of expert doctors. At the end of the study, the doctors judged the patients to appear 11 years younger than their actual age. In other words, they looked younger than when the study began over a decade ago.

This groundbreaking study lead to the creation of Sciton’s Forever Young BBL, a proprietary treatment that delays the signs of skin ageing and keeps patients looking Forever Young. No other IPL device has been shown to change the expression of genes associated with ageing, longevity, and increased lifespan. Only BBL has proven the ability to visibly delay ageing. With regular Forever Young BBL treatments, skin looks clearer, smoother, and much younger.

Five months after one BBL treatment Photos courtesy of Jeff Walding MD
Five months after one BBL treatment
Photos courtesy of Jeff Walding MD

How BBL works

The light energy delivered by BBL gently heats the upper layers of the skin.

The heat absorbed by the targeted areas then stimulates skin cells to regenerate, revealing younger looking skin. Fine blood vessels that cause redness are eliminated, pigmented age- and sun-spots are lightened, while skin feels smoother, pores are less noticeable, and uneven tone and texture are improved. BBL is non-invasive and non-ablative, with minimal discomfort and low downtime. Results can be seen from the first treatment, however a series of treatments will yield the best results.

BBL is a gentle, non-invasive treatment targeting:

  • sun-damaged skin
  • wrinkles and fine lines
  • age spots
  • freckles, brown spots and pigmentation
  • acne
  • redness, broken capillaries
  • hair removal
  • port wine stains


About Sciton

Sciton is a leading manufacturer of high-quality laser and light systems in the aesthetic medical market. Sciton offers superior medical devices for laser-assisted lipolysis, fractional and full-coverage skin resurfacing, hair removal, phototherapy, wrinkle reduction, treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions, scar reduction, and acne.

* Anne Lynn S. Chang et al, “Rejuvenation of Gene Expression Pattern of Aged Human Skin by Broadband Light Treatment,” Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2013, Volume 133, Issue 2, 394–402pp